Tilt this way: Brooke’s tips for sim­pli­fy­ing life

Good Health (Australia) - - Simply Be -

One of the best ways to get started with tilt­ing is to fig­ure out your pri­or­i­ties – what’s re­ally im­por­tant to you – so you know what’s worth tilt­ing into and what’s not worth wor­ry­ing about right now. It can be as sim­ple as writ­ing a list of the five or 10 most im­por­tant val­ues in your life. I ar­rived at my core val­ues by writ­ing my ‘eu­logy’. Spend some time scrib­bling your ideas down, then keep your list some­where where you can re­fer to it. You could also try to:

» Make your bed­room a screen-free zone. As part of an ex­per­i­ment, I moved my phone to an­other room where I could still hear the alarm but had to get up to turn it off. I couldn’t be­lieve the dif­fer­ence it made – I wasn’t on my phone right be­fore I went to sleep, so I was nod­ding off much more eas­ily, and if I woke up in the mid­dle of the night I wasn’t reach­ing for it and get­ting dis­tracted. It’s been a year now, and my phone hasn’t re­turned to the bed­room.

» Let go of clut­ter. When I was di­ag­nosed with post­na­tal de­pres­sion, I couldn’t deal with learn­ing mind­ful­ness or any­thing like that – I was too emo­tion­ally frag­ile. But I could deal with my clut­ter. I wasn’t a hoarder, it was just a nor­mal amount of stuff for a fam­ily of four, but there was so much of it that we didn’t need, use or want. Let­ting go of it started to free up not only phys­i­cal space, but also men­tal space and en­ergy. I didn’t ex­pect it to have such an im­pact on my emo­tional well­be­ing, but it did.

» Think rhythm, rather than rou­tine. I used to feel like I was fail­ing a rou­tine if I was five min­utes late or did some­thing ‘out of or­der’. Rou­tine is a rigid no­tion, whereas rhythm has more of a soft­ness to it. Things still flow, if you want to speed up you can and if you want to slow down you can. There’s no pass or fail to it, you just have to make it yours.

» Find slow mo­ments in each day. Take a mo­ment a cou­ple of times a day to just sit and ‘be’. Take some deep breaths and pay at­ten­tion to your senses one by one: what can you see, smell, taste, touch and hear? As sim­ple as that sounds, I find it ef­fec­tive for tak­ing me out of my head and into the present mo­ment.

Des­ti­na­tion Sim­ple by Brooke Mcalary, Black Inc. Books, $12.99.

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